Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception

Robert M. Veatch, Amy Haddad and E. J. Last

in Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780190277000
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190277031 | DOI:
Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception

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Some of the most consistently debated ethical issues in health care are the moral conflicts regarding abortion, sterilization, and contraception. This chapter asks readers to consider these topics. These areas raise the same general moral themes covered in the field of biomedical ethics but do so in a dramatic and emotionally charged setting. These issues of reproductive ethics also pose a different kind of question: To whom do the basic principles of biomedical ethics apply? Cases in this chapter address the difficult considerations raised in cases of abortion, postcoital contraception following sexual assault, sterilization of the economically deprived, and teaching about birth control.

Chapter.  11912 words. 

Subjects: Pharmacology

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